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The Carthage Press
  • Lady Bulldogs beat Lady Tigers in CJ Tourney

  • Carl Junction lived up to its No. 1 seed Wednesday by sweeping by the fourth-seeded Carthage girls 67-34 in the Mercy Sportscare Carl Junction Classic.
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  • Carl Junction lived up to its No. 1 seed Wednesday by sweeping by the fourth-seeded Carthage girls 67-34 in the Mercy Sportscare Carl Junction Classic.
    Carthage, who defeated Liberal to open the tourney, will play for fifth place at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against the loser of the the third-seeded Nevada  and second-seeded Siloam Springs, Ark., game.
    Games that were originally scheduled for today were moved to Wednesday due to threatening weather.
    The losers' bracket games will be played Friday, with eighth-seeded Monett taking on fifth-seeded Liberal at 6 p.m. and McDonald County, seeded seventh, meeting the Carl Junction junior varsity at 7:30.
    The seventh place contest will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday with third place to be played at 1 p.m. and the championship at 2:30.
    The Bulldogs raced out to a 43-14 halftime advantage behind hot shooting both inside and out.
    “They shot the lights out, especially in that first half,” said Jim Moore, Carthage head coach. “They are a great team and well-coached. And we know that when we play a good team, then we get better.”
    Carl Junction, moving to 2-0 after opening the tourney with a 71-19 victory against Monett, featured a balanced scoring attack against the Lady Tigers. The Bulldogs had three players scoring in double figures and were led by senior Olivia Uhrich's 23 points.
    Vanessa Pawlak, 5-foot-8 senior, led the way for Carthage (1-2) with 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter. Sophomore Maya Williams was the only other Lady Tiger in double figures with 13.
    Brenlee McPherson and Bryce Boyd added 13 apiece for Carl Junction.
    The senior-laden Bulldogs had a distinct height advantage over the Lady Tigers with five girls 5-foot-10 and over, including center Katie Skaggs at 6-1.
    Williams is Carthage's tallest player at 5-9.
    “Size is definitely an issue but we are not going to use that as an excuse,” Moore said. “We just played a really good team.”
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